Deal Alert: Premium Transcon Biz Class Flights Just Dropped to $430 One-Way

Jun 20, 2019

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Airfare deals are typically only available on limited dates. We recommend you use Google Flights to find dates to fly, then book through an online travel agency such as Orbitz or Expedia, which allows you to cancel flights without penalty by 11pm Eastern Time within one day of booking. However, if you’re using The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’ll need to book directly with the airline or through the Amex Travel portal to get 5x MR points. Remember: Fares may disappear quickly, so book right away and take advantage of Orbitz or Expedia’s courtesy cancellation if you’re unable to get the time away from work or family.

Update 6/19 11:30pm ET: This deal appears to have expired. Congratulations to anyone who was able to take advantage!


Here’s something you don’t see every day! Business class seats on United’s route between Newark (EWR) and Los Angeles (LAX) are currently available from just $430 one-way or about 28,700 Ultimate Rewards points if you have a Chase Sapphire Reserve and book through the Chase Ultimate Rewards travel portal. These flights typically cost at least $659 or 32,500 United miles (if you’re lucky enough to find saver award availability). Availability of the low fares is pretty widespread from July 2019 through May 2020.

If you are able to snag one of these cheap flights, you’ll be in for a solid inflight experience, including fully lie-flat seats, multi-course dining and United Club access. Most flights on this route are operated by United’s 757-200s with business class seats arranged in a 2-2 configuration. However, there are two flights a day operated by United’s new 787-10s. These planes feature United’s new Polaris business class seats, which are a huge upgrade over the older seats, so you’ll want to try snag a seat one of those flights. For a complete overview of what to expect, be sure to read TPG Editor at Large Zach Honig’s review from Los Angeles to Newark  on the 787-10.

These fares won’t last long, so you’ll want to book right away. To search, head to Google Flights and enter your origin and destination cities. Scroll through the calendar function to find dates and prices that work for you. Finally, click through to book directly with the airline or through an OTA like Priceline or Expedia.

Airlines: United
Routes: EWR to/from LAX
Cost: $430+ or 28,686+ Ultimate Rewards points one-way in business class
Travel Dates: July 2019 to May 2020
Pay With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare plus trip delay insurance), Citi Premier® CardChase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card (3x on airfare when booked directly with the airline) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel)

Here are a few examples of what you can book:

Newark (EWR) to Los Angeles (LAX) for $430 or 28,686 Ultimate Rewards points one-way on United’s 787-10 in business class:

Los Angeles (LAX) to Newark (EWR) for $430 or 28,686 Ultimate Rewards points one-way on United’s 787-10 in business class:

Maximize Your Purchase

Don’t forget to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on flights booked directly with airlines or American Express Travel), Citi Prestige Card (5x on airfare on plus trip delay insurance), Chase Sapphire ReserveAmerican Express® Gold Card Citi Premier® Card (3x on airfare) or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on all travel purchases). Check out this post for more on maximizing airfare purchases.

Featured image by Zach Honig / The Points Guy.

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